Educational Twitter Hashtags

Educational Twitter Hashtags


Studies of educational uses of Twitter have often noted the inclusion of hashtags (i.e., a key word or phrase preceded by the “#” symbol) in tweets to organize conversations. Educational Twitter hashtags may be used as a general topical index (e.g., #education) as well as a marker of planned discussions called Twitter chats (e.g., #Edchat, #michED), which occur both synchronously and asynchronously. These hashtags are used to create both formal and informal leanring spaces, and they may be considered an emergent type of online learning environment.


  1. Greenhalgh, S. P., Rosenberg, J. M., Staudt Willet, K. B., Koehler, M. J., & Akcaoglu, M. (2020). Identifying multiple learning spaces within a single teacher-focused Twitter hashtag. Computers and Education, 148, 103809.
  2. Carpenter, J. P., Staudt Willet, K. B., Koehler, M. J., & Greenhalgh, S. P. (2020). Spam and educators’ Twitter use: Methodological considerations and challenges. TechTrends, 64, 460-469.
  3. Staudt Willet, K. B. (2019). Revisiting how and why educators use Twitter: Tweet types and purposes in #Edchat. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 51, 273-289.
  4. Greenhalgh, S. P., Staudt Willet, K. B., Rosenberg, J. M., & Koehler, M. J. (2018). Tweet, and we shall find: Using digital methods to locate participants in educational hashtags. TechTrends, 62, 501-508.


  1. tidytags: Simple Collection and Powerful Analysis of Twitter Data [Software: R package]
  2. Online teaching supports and practices during a pandemic: Cases of #Edchat teachers in the United States and Canada


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K. Bret Staudt Willet, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Instructional Systems & Learning Technologies at Florida State University. I research networked learning in online communities, exploring issues of agency in navigating the learning spaces afforded by social media.


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